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Jazz guitarist Hiram Bullock, one of music's most respected side men, will play with his band at 9 p.m. Thursday in the Marquee at the Tralf, 100 Theater Place.

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, a Philadelphia-based blues quintet featuring Melvin and harmonizers Gilbert Saunders, Rufus Thorne, Bill Spratley and "Blackey" Dwight Johnson, will entertain at 8 and 11 p.m. Saturday in the Marquee.

Billy Joel will take the stage at 8 p.m. Thursday in Memorial Auditorium. The concert is sold out.

Dr. John, blues, jazz and rhythm and blues artist, will take the stage at 8 and 11 p.m. Friday in the Marquee.

Smell the Plow, an all-star band featuring members of 10,000 Maniacs and Donna the Buffalo, will play at 11 p.m. Friday in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. Big Barn Burnit, Boston trio, will open.

Cutting Edge Series at 10 p.m. Wednesday in the Marquee will feature the Seattle guitar quartet, The Posies. Consorting Angels will open the show.

New York City's The Van Dorens will play at 10 p.m. Saturday in the Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St.

Saddened by the death of Bob Mueckl last month, the folks at Marshall's will stage a benefit to celebrate his birthday at 10 p.m. Friday in the nightclub at 1678 Main St. The Pine Dogs, Tom Fenton, the 7th Sons, Paisley Tease, Joe Petrino, Rose Marian, and Buck Naked will perform, and Marty Borotin will cook up a buffet. Proceeds will benefit the Renaissance House Drug Treatment Center.

New concerts announced last week include ZZ Top with the Black Crowes, Feb. 1 in Memorial Auditorium; jazz organist Charles Earland with John "Spider" Martin and Daryl "Pookie" Martin, Dec. 21-22, and Sonny Rhodes, Dec. 23 in the Blue Note, 1677 Main; Joe Beard and the Blues Union, Dec. 22, and the Blues Rockers Reunion, Dec. 28 in Marshall's, 1678 Main.

Also coming up: Unity 2, Dec. 19, Chet Catallo & the Cats in a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dec. 20, and Beat City in a benefit for Benedict House, Dec. 21 in the Marquee; Joanna Connor, Dec. 21 in Nietzsche's; Wild Knights, Dec. 22, the Great Train Robbery, Dec. 28 and Gamalon, Dec. 29 in the Marquee; Johnny Gill plus Bell Biv Devoe and Keith Sweat, Dec. 30 in the Aud.

Also, Buddy Guy, Jan. 4, Larry Coryell, Jan. 12, Ernie Corallo Project, Jan. 17 and Jamie Notarthomas, Jan. 24 in the Marquee.

Out-of-town concerts this week will feature Perry Como, Tuesday in the Landmark Theater, Syracuse.

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